Real Estate Law
We make a difference for our real estate clients by closing deals with a common sense and creative approach to our clients’ transactions. Our real estate group has been a core practice area since our firm’s inception, and today encompasses a wide variety of real estate related matters, including residential and commercial purchase and sale transactions, title insurance provider across the state, commercial and residential leasing, and a multitude of other real estate matters.
Purchase and Sale Transactions
Our attorneys are particularly knowledgeable with respect to real estate matters dealing with the purchase, sale, financing, and leasing of shopping centers, apartment buildings, commercial office projects, hotels, agricultural land and mobile home parks. Our real estate team has worked with clients in the completion of loan assumption and defeasance agreements for the completion of complex commercial purchase and sale agreements. In addition, we also have served as closing agent, escrow agent, and title agent for numerous residential transactions throughout the area. Through our pro-bono representation we have helped close over three hundred Manatee County Habitat for Humanity transactions enabling low cost housing for those in need.
Our firm is a qualified title insurance agent of several of the nation’s major title insurance underwriters, and is capable of issuing title insurance policies covering land located anywhere within the State of Florida. We work extensively in the complex commercial area, handling transactions and issuing title insurance for large projects throughout the State. In addition we also provide title services for both private and institutional lending providers. The firm is a recipient of the Circle of Excellence and Outstanding Agent awards for the various title underwriters.
With our broad depth of real estate attorneys, we have been able to provide commercial leasing representation across the country. Over the past year our representation has helped clients lease over one million square feet of empty space. Our leasing attorneys have worked extensively with retail tenants in existing shopping centers and shopping centers under development in negotiating leases, commercial lease terminations, subordination and non-disturbance agreements, short form leases, waivers and consents. Our leasing representation does not end there, as our attorneys have also crafted Lease with Option to Purchase Agreements and Lease to Purchase Agreements to fit each client’s unique situation.
Our real estate team provides services that require the particular knowledge and ability to manage complex projects, including multiple property portfolios. With our experience in handling larger transactions, we can offer expertise in structuring complicated matters in order to minimize transaction-related costs and tax liabilities, including arranging for 1031 tax-deferred exchanges, loan defeasances, and public finance bonds. Regardless of the size or complexity of the transaction, we strive to always provide prompt high quality representation. Our focus is to get the deal closed while providing value to our clients through cost-effective legal representation. With our team of real estate attorneys we are able to adapt with the ever changing markets, so that we may be able to continue to make a difference for our clients.
Small Practices Not Immune from HIPAA Enforcement
by Matthew Lapointe on June 21, 2017 at 1:23 pm
Small medical practices who think they don’t need to worry about HIPAA privacy and security compliance had better think again. A 6-physician practice in the Chicago area recently paid the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services $31,000 to settle alleged violations of the HIPAA Privacy Rules. The Center for Children’s Digestive Health, a pediatric […]
US Department of Justice Publishes 'The Guidance' to Help Set Standards for Corporate Compliance Programs
by will on June 21, 2017 at 1:06 pm
Earlier this year, the Fraud Section of the US Department of Justice (DOJ) published its Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs (the “Guidance”). The Guidance set out important standards for corporate compliance plans. The Guidance also provides a checklist for corporations’ compliance programs. The DOJ recognizes that compliance plans are not a “one size fits all” […]
Our real estate attorneys make a difference in many ways:
- Within the last year our representation has helped clients lease over one million square feet of empty space.
- Within the last year we have successfully orchestrated loan workout negotiations on behalf of lenders and borrowers for loans totaling in excess of $100M.
- We have successfully closed several complex commercial transactions, including transactions for Hope VI and HUD
- Developments which have helped to revitalize the local community.
- Through our pro-bono representation we have helped close over two hundred Manatee County Habitat for Humanity transactions enabling low cost housing for those in need.
- We have successfully assisted distressed homeowners in their loss mitigation plans, including the procurement and completion of loan modifications, short sales, and deed-in-lieu of foreclosures.
Blalock Walters is uniquely qualified to serve the education industry. Our attorneys have extensive experience in representing governmental entities, including school boards. Our firm has over 20 attorneys with experience in areas of law that would be regularly utilized by the by educational institutions including a wide variety of local government issues such as budgeting, contracts, zoning and development, labor and employment, all phases of litigation, student discipline, student activity, Civil Rights, sunshine law, ethics law, special permits, and public records. Attorneys have assisted in school boards in areas related to land use, real estate and contracts. Blalock Walters also has experienced attorneys who can assist with real estate, environmental, and taxation issues.
The agriculture industry is one that requires a very specialized knowledge in a number of different areas: Taxation, Labor & Employment, Environmental, Construction Litigation, Land Use, Real Estate, Family Succession Planning and Estate Planning, and Corporate Farming. Blalock Walters recognizes the specialized services needed for agribusiness, farm producers, and packers and growers. We have many years of agribusiness experience and offer sophisticated legal services that address the unique needs of the industry. Industry Resources:
- American Farm Bureau
- Florida Department of Agriculture
- Florida Farm Bureau
- Manatee County Farm Bureau
- The Gulf Citrus Growers Association
Our integrated law practice areas offer a complete range of legal services for the auto industry, including buying and selling auto dealerships, purchasing real estate and negotiating commercial leases, title insurance, estate and succession planning for family owned dealerships and litigation defense, including defense of lemon-law cases and employment lawsuits. The tax attorneys at Blalock Walters provide corporate formation and tax and business strategies for dealing with changes in the automobile industry to help maximize your company’s tax and financial advantages.
The complexities surrounding the residential and commercial construction industry require knowledge of construction contracts, construction liens, surety bonds, building codes, financing, insurance, construction defects, delays and disruptions, regulations such as OSHA and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), wage and hours laws, permitting and land use. We provide legal services in resolving disputes concerning construction law including mediation, arbitration, and trial. Industry Resources:
- Americans with Disabilities Act
- Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.
- Florida Home Builders Association
- Florida Realtors®
- Homebuilders Association Manatee-Sarasota
- Manatee Association of Realtors
- Occupational Safety & Health Administration
- Sarasota Association of Realtors
The equine industry includes many different business interests with unique legal needs. Equine law involves the law as it relates to all aspects of horses and horse-related activities. Our team at Blalock Walters understands the unique and specialized needs of the equine industry and those passionate about their horses, and is prepared to offer the specialized services, including tax, business services, litigation, employment, immigration, land use, real estate, business succession planning, and estate planning. Generally speaking, our team at Blalock Walters is able to provide specialized services, addressing the unique equine needs of horse owners, businesses, professionals, associations and facilities with the following:
- Preparing, review, or negotiate equine-related contracts (such as purchase and sales agreements, leases, stallion service contracts, liability waivers/releases, facility use agreements, stallion management agreements, and boarding contracts)
- Establishing businesses, including corporations, partnerships, joint ventures, syndication, or limited liability companies
- Assist with tax planning and resolving tax disputes, including “hobby loss disputes” with the government
- Real estate purchases or transactions
- Handle or resolve zoning and land use disputes
- Litigation matters involving horse related matters
Blalock Walters understands the technical, corporate, and legal concerns related to technology industry related companies including licensing agreements, equipment leasing and purchase agreements, and hosting and internet service provider, as well as non-compete and other employment agreements. Our litigation group handles breach of contract, collections, and contract dispute issues relating to technology-related businesses. Our labor and employment group counsels with information technology companies as to day-to-day personnel practices and employee relations matters, employment agreements and labor relations. We make a difference by understanding our clients’ business goals and technologies. From a quick contract review to complex contract drafting and negotiation, we strive to ensure that contracts and agreements are structured with a good foundation avoiding future surprises or issues.
Non-profits and Foundations
Assisting private foundations and nonprofit organizations in our communities has been a focus of Blalock Walters from the beginning. As nonprofits have become more sophisticated and complex through the years, and subject to increasing regulation, our estate planning, corporate, tax law, real estate law and employment law groups have effectively provided guidance and counsel to help the nonprofit environment thrive. We provides specialized legal services in the charitable foundation and non-profit area, including:
- Formation of non-profit organizations and foundations;
- Tax exemption applications;
- Prohibited transaction analysis;
- Reasonable compensation analysis;
- Analysis and planning of corporate transactions involving tax-exempt organizations;
- Corporate governance matters;
- Real estate purchases, leasing and construction;
- Employment matters; and
- Dissolution and liquidation of nonprofits.
With many years involved in the sports industry in our communities, we offer a wide range of legal services to professional athletes and sports-related organizations. Blalock Walters works with Major League Baseball players and organizations, as well as other professional sports industries, in the areas of real estate law, land use, litigation, construction law, estate planning, tax, immigration, labor and employment, contracts, and business operations. Additionally, we assist retired baseball players with their businesses, foundations, and tax and estate planning needs that are unique to the profession. Our knowledge of the industry allows us to keep our clients informed of the significant tax and legal issues that often arise for professional athletes and ensure that we provide the highest quality of service.
Real Estate Attorneys
Matthew R. Plummer
Practice Lead & Managing Partner
Mark P. Barnebey
Robert G. Blalock
Gregory S. DeMeuse
Stephen G. Perry
William C. Robinson, Jr.
Scott E. Rudacille
Robert S. Stroud
Amanda C. Tullidge